Equine Lameness – Thermography of Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

Equine DJD

Equine DJD

Equine Lameness – Thermography of Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

In this case, we have a 12 year old Appaloosa mare that was severely lame on her front right. At the slightest motion, the horse showed signs of severe discomfort and restlessness, moreover it was distinctly bobbing its head and leaning on the left when standing.

Both the vet and the farrier suspected a toe problem in the right hoof. Additionally, the owner suspected that there might be additional issues in the right knee area.

Therefore, our veterinary thermography services were used to shed light on this root of this problem.

Thermal imaging of the horse’s front legs revealed a dorsal right metacarpophalangeal hyperthermia suggestive of DJD as well as an inflammation at the head of the splint bone (proximal medial metacarpus).
The mild palmer hyperthermia in the front left was the likely secondary result to increased weight bearing on this side.

Ultimately, the vet’s follow up assessment and flexion test correlated with our findings and a successful treatment protocol was prescribed.

Canine Thermography – Heart Disease

West Highland Terrier - heart disease, osteoarthritis, muscular tightness

Canine thermography – heart disease

West Highland Terrier – heart disease, osteoarthritis, muscular tightness

This is an interesting brief case study of an adorable and playful West Highland Terrier.
Westies are know to suffer from a number of issues including hip, knee, jaw problems as well as kidney, lung and skin diseases… Thus, the caring owners brought this 6 years old male for a check up and to establish a thermographic baseline.
Thermal imaging as an un-invasive and sedation free screening technique that is used for early detection of hard to diagnose animal injury, lameness and disease cases. In our case, thermography proved to be the ideal method to assess this canine’s health.
Our thermography scans revealed several regions of interest that needed to be addressed or further investigated.
The most notable was a diffused hyperthermia that extended over a large area of the left barrel. This was an indication of a developing heart, muscular or bone inflammation. Further clinical examination by a veterinarian was recommended to correlate this finding, as soon as possible.
Moreover, a mild hyperthermia of both hocks and stifles was indication of a joint inflammation or of osteoarthritis in early stages.
Also, focal hyperthermia in the dorsocranial neck indicated muscular tightness that resulted from a nerve impingement in the cervical spine  (…this could have originated in a bad collar fit).
Lastly, a multifocal hyperthermia in the thoracic spine revealed fixations in the mid-spine that needed to be addressed through chiropractic treatment or physiotherapy.
We look forward to this little Westie’s follow up screening as means of monitoring his health and treatment success.

Canine Thermography – pelvic & knee injury / lameness

Canine Thermography - Plevic Injury & Knee Injury / Lameness

Pelvic hyperthermia

Agility dog’s thermography reveals spinal, hock and knee injury

 At a recent Breeders Day event, our medical grade thermography services were commissioned to investigate in detail the causes of severe lameness experienced by this beautiful Belgian Tervuren named Mika.
Mika is an agility dog who sustained a nasty injury to his left hind knee a few months ago.
Unfortunately, his recovery was very slow and his condition started to deteriorate towards the time we met him.
Our full body thermal imaging revealed Mika’s previously undetected severe inflammation in pelvic region, which could potentially give rise to secondary neuropathy.
Moreover a hypothermic asymmetry was detected on the left front leg as a possible result of the weight transfer from the injured limb.
Also, a hypothermic asymmetry of the lateral left thigh and hock correlated with the previously diagnosed left hind lameness.
Ultimately, in light of his injuries Mika had to undergo a successful knee surgery.
We were very pleased to learn that both the owners and the vet were impressed with the medical precision of our thermographic assessment and found it very helpful in formulating a new treatment protocol for Mika.
In turn, we were invited to perform a follow up screening of Mika’s post surgery recovery in a few months.